Monday, 24 August 2015

Cats vs dogs: Scientists confirm that felines are better... from an evolutionary perspective

The cat family has historically been much better at surviving than the dog clan


ENVIRONMENT EDITOR 

Friday 14 August 2015

It’s the debate that has long divided animal lovers. Now scientists have confirmed that cats really are better than dogs – at least from an evolutionary perspective.


A groundbreaking study of 2,000 ancient fossils reveals that felids – the cat family – have historically been much better at surviving than the “canid” dog clan, and often at the latter’s expense.

The research finds that cats have played a significant role in making 40 dog species extinct, outcompeting them for scarce food supplies because they are generally more effective hunters. But researchers found no evidence that dogs have wiped out a single cat species.

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